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(NEW YORK, NY) - Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace has been suspended seven games without pay by the NBA for throwing an elbow to the head of Oklahoma City’s James Harden on Sunday afternoon.
World Peace, who played for the Indiana Pacers under his given name of Ron Artest, was charged with a flagrant foul two and immediately ejected after hitting Harden late in the first half of the Lakers' 114-106 win over the Thunder. Harden suffered a concussion in the incident.
The suspension begins with LA's regular season finale at Sacramento on Thursday night and will extend into the playoffs.
World Peace's Pacers career included his 86-game suspension in the aftermath of the November, 2004 brawl with Detroit Pistons fans at the Palace of Auburn Hills. After playing 16 games with Indiana in the 2005-2006 season, he was traded to the Sacramento Kings for Peja Stojakovic.
World Peace joined the Lakers as a free agent in 2009 and was a member of their NBA championship team that season.
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